Tropical Journal of Medical Research

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Experience with predonated autologous blood transfusion in open prostatectomy

PIS Okafor, GU Chianakwana, JC Orakwe


Objectives: To find out the practicability, the acceptability, the effectiveness and the safety level of pre-donated, autologous blood transfusion (ABT)
in patients who underwent open prostatectomy.
Study design: Prospective.
Patients and methods: It was a prospective study carried out in Nigeria over a 5-year period. All patients were properly informed of the study and
their consent obtained for pre-operative blood donation and intra-operative and/or post-operative autologous blood transfusion. Inclusion criteria
were strictly observed.
Results: During this study period, 260 open prostatectomies were carried out. One hundred and ten (110) patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria but
only 100 patients actually had autologous blood transfusion (ABT).
Conclusion: This study shows that ABT is practicable, acceptable, safe and cost-effective. This option should be emphasized and offered to patients
undergoing open prostatectomy.
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